The reviewers at A+R don’t really care if you refuse to classify Hanno – the “sustainably harvested new-growth beech wood” gorilla – as a toy. As a matter of fact, they dare you not to. But named for the Greek voyager who discovered gorillas a long, long time ago, Hanno the Gorilla is sure to inspire young minds to take whimsical voyages of their own.
Like an interactive art piece, Hanno the Gorilla comes with a mouthful of an artist’s statement: “Hanno connects Kay Bojesen’s iconic teak Monkey with the contemporary market of graffiti-culture action figures.” And he is intended to be found, “striking lights to offbeat tabletop accessories, the New York designer re-frames elementary ideas into elegant essentials,” according to the A+R website. But given its simple design, smooth finish and rubber-band aided dexterity, means that Hanno will quickly make friends with the wee ones in your home.
Produced by the Brooklyn design studio of David Weeks, even the limited–edition, tattooed version of Hanno (above) is ‘tough guy’ cute. And made of hardwood, Hanno the Gorilla is sure to be as resilient as he looks – a toy (oops did I say the t-word?) that lasts. Still refusing to classify Hanno as a kids’ item? Don’t worry, “the six year old next to you can show you differently.” Hanno retails for $75 at the A+R Store and $150 for the tattooed version at Design Public.